London, Oct 10 (PTI) – A pair of Indian-origin billionaire brothers, a leading Oxford University academic and a septuagenarian fundraiser fondly referred to as the Skipping Sikh, lead the ‘most ethnically diverse’ Queen’s Birthday Honours List released on Saturday.
The list, which had been deferred from its usual early June release to consider nominations of people playing crucial roles during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, includes numerous British Indians under this category led by Rajinder Singh Harzall.
The 74-year-old “Skipping Sikh” receives an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for his inspirational health and fitness videos during lockdown. Harzall, who has raised nearly 14,000 pounds for the National Health Service (NHS), is joined by Lavina Mehta, who also receives an MBE for services to health and fitness during COVID-19 for her work encouraging people to stay active during the lockdown.
‘The hard work and dedication of these local, often unsung heroes has helped carry us through,’ UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
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Saturday 10 October 2020:
As old as Independent India, ‘Skipping Sikh’ dedicates MBE to home country
As 73-year-old Rajinder Singh’s name was announced as one of the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) recipient in the Queen’s birthday honours list on Saturday, it was a recognition of Indian-origin Harlington resident’s untiring efforts to raise funds to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
Earlier this year, Singh started a skipping challenge by the name of Skipping Sikh to raise funds of the National Health Service (NHS) in England raising more than 14,000 pounds.